San Gabriel in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Old Spanish Trail
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As trade between the United States and the new Republic of Mexico expanded, Santa Fe traders saw the potential for profits in dealing directly with California ranchers and church missions. In the fall of 1829, well after Mexican Independence from Spain, Antonio Armijo led a caravan westward from Sante Fe. He arrived at the San Gabriel Mission in January, 1830 with 60 men and pack mules loaded with woolen goods. Armijo returned to Santa Fe that spring with an additional 100 horses
Following the success of Armijo’s expedition, San Gabriel Mission became a focal point for the lucrative trade. Traders, trappers and travelers coming west gathered here to conduct their business with the Californios. The Mission was one of the most prosperous in California, and the padres graciously provided food, rest and shelter to the travelers, weary from the long and difficult trail. Some of the visitors were no doubt rough and unruly, but all were treated with courtesy by the padres.
Governor Pio Pico secularized San Gabriel Mission in 1834 and much of the land became private property. In 1874, the Catholic Church was granted control of only 13 acres including the church.
Erected by Old Spanish Trail Association, Dale Querfeld, National Park Serve and BLM.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Gaspar de Portolá Expedition, and the Old Spanish National Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 5.793′ N, 118° 6.395′ W. Marker is in San Gabriel, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Mission Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Gabriel Mission (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named San Gabriel Mission (a few steps from this marker); Mission San Gabriel Archangel / El Camino Real Door (a few steps from this marker); Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza (a few steps from this marker); 1776 Overland Immigration Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Chapman’s Millrace (within shouting distance of this marker); Early California (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Gabriel Veterans War Memorial (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Gabriel.
Also see . . . Old Spanish Trail Association. Maps, photos, history. (Submitted on February 21, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 8, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. 5. submitted on July 9, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.